Precision farming is not precise enough.
Precision farming is not precise enough. To make the next step in agriculture, we need care at the plant level. Back to the basics of farming: taking care of every individual plant, but armed with the latest technologies. In a nutshell, taking care of every plant’s individual NEEDs, instead of the NEEDs of a whole field, resulting in higher yields.
NEED Farming is all about combining the knowledge of the farmer, with technology that enables him to apply this at the large scale on the plant level. A farmer has many sources of information from which he can gain knowledge about the vitality and the potential in order to take care of the plant, such as plant condition, soil condition, weather, historical yield maps, etc.
Caring for a plant on an individual basis happens through an increased application precision. Therefore, the yields and the use of crop protection agents and fertilizer decreases, ultimately creating more output and saving water, fuel and the environment. But for NEED farming, techniques are necessary to be able to apply the right resources to a single plant.
NEED farming Technology
In recent years, Agrifac has been working on developing Brilliant Simple solutions for spraying at plant level. Agrifac is proud to present its newest features: DynamicDosePlus and AiCPlus, which now enable the farmer to spray at plant level. With DynamicDosePlus, the farmer’s knowledge is translated and executed on a machine in the form of a prescription map at the plant level. AiCPlus enables real-time crop scanning and application.
AiCPlus is Agrifac’s first camera system with integrated artificial intelligence that interprets what it sees. The different algorithms in AiCPlus were not programmed by a few technicians but learned from farmers, which guarantees that AiCPlus makes the same decisions a farmer would. The intelligent AiCPlus cameras are mounted on the boom from where the system processes and analyses the crop. The desired amounts can be applied immediately with DynamicDosePlus without the need for offline and time-consuming actions.
DynamicDosePlus enables you to give each plant precisely what it needs. You no longer have to decide what the best treatment is for all plants but can spray each plant with precisely what it needs.
NEED farming applied
First experiences in different countries have shown excellent results. During our “Potato desiccation demonstration” tour in the autumn of 2017 in the Netherlands, in collaboration with, among others: Dronewerkers, the Akkerweb Foundation, TopX and WUR, it was proven that substantial savings could be achieved without losing the quality of the spraying. Also from YP AG Ltd, York Peninsula, Australia the first positive experiences came back from trials, where during the growing season, weeds in the crop were sprayed site-specifically.
It is the only way to achieve our goal: sufficient, nutritious and safe food in the most sustainable way.
NEED Farming, powered by Agrifac!